A popular Dallas-Fort Worth-based podcast combines The Howard Stern Show and Siskel & Ebert. And it comes from a famous North Texas guy: Jaret Reddick, of the pop-punk band Bowling for Soup.
In "Jaret Goes to the Movies," Reddick and co-host Rich Coleman discuss a movie while irreverently discussing their own lives.
"We didn't hit it off right away," Reddick jokes. (Stick with him.) "He is a real dry person, and it's funny to watch how people react to him because he kind of just says whatever comes to mind. But once we got to know each other, we became good friends."
The show was "entirely" Coleman's idea, but Reddick is the dominant voice. As Reddick says in the show intro, "My name is on it because I'm famous!"
The weekly podcast features new episodes each Friday on movies that often tie in with current theatrical releases such as The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. In a recent release, Reddick and Coleman examined the 1999 Mummy version of Brendan Fraser fame. Keeping an eye on the calendar, the two discussed National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation in December and Groundhog Day in February.
"It's literally the one thing I do on a professional level that I can say I never get sick of doing," Reddick said.
The show is recorded in Reddick's studio in Prosper, where he sits with a boom microphone, multiple computer screens and a huge George Carlin mural hanging as inspiration. The painting was a surprise gift from his wife, Casey, an artist who is on the podcast along with the Reddick's neighbor, Wil Vark.
They seem to do whatever they want to with the podcast. Case in point: Wil joined the crew when, "one day Wil dropped by and asked what we were doing and we gave him a mike," Reddick said.
Production takes several hours, as they not only discuss the movie of the week, but also welcome in fans of the show, known as "producers," who support the show through patreon.com. The supporters of the show also get their names mentioned on the show, get access to outtakes and sit in on live monthly Skype hangouts with the hosts.
"I have been a fan of Bowling for Soup for over 10 years and actually discovered the podcast by virtue of Jaret's social media," said Wendy Kropf, who's from Cleveland. "Now the podcast literally makes my Friday mornings, and I listen religiously every week. If you like movies and you like to laugh, you'll love this show, but they do talk about a lot of other things and many of them are inappropriate.
"Take the red "E" seriously."
Their Skype hangouts are casual video chats between the hosts and their supporters. Any topic is allowed, but, as Coleman says, "Usually Jaret just rants and everyone laughs a lot."
The podcast has offered Reddick a new outlet to share his personality with fans. And it's a heck of a lot of fun.
"I watch a movie I normally wouldn't dial up and then I get to sit around with my friends and talk about it for a few hours," he says.
The premiere episode dropped Oct. 21, 2015. It was a discussion of the classic film Back to the Future on what was nationally known as Back to the Future Day, the day the movie's co-protagonists Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in their DeLorean time machine.
Fans of the 1980s John Hughes movies are in luck: Episodes on The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink have all been analyzed and are available in the podcast's archive. (No word on why they have not done Some Kind of Wonderful yet, but they do take requests on the show's website.)
One week will feature an action movie like The Bourne Identity or Tombstone followed the next week by a romantic film like Pretty Woman or Serendipity. Of course, the podcast includes iconic films such as Star Wars, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark, tearjerkers like Steel Magnolias and cult favorites ranging from Smokey and the Bandit to Pulp Fiction.
One of the most listened-to episodes was the two-part journey down memory lane on the 1989 film Road House starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott. Reddick and Coleman had one of the stars of the movie, Marshall Teague, join them in the studio for the discussion. Teague shared behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the production and spoke of his friendships with the actors.
Upcoming movies on their schedule include Young Guns, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the original Blade Runner, with Blade Runner 2049 coming to theaters Oct. 6.
Reddick hopes they become "the go-to movies podcast worldwide" in the next five years.
"Pick a movie that you've seen and -- as long as you don't have kids in the car -- put this podcast on, and we will show you that movie in your head." Surely, you'll laugh, too.
The podcast is available on the podcast apps of iPhone and Android devices and on JaretGoesToTheMovies.com
Correction, 11:40 a.m. Aug. 22, 2017: This story incorrectly spelled freelance reporter Jay Betsill's last name.